Model Wins $7.7 Million In Pregnancy Discrimination LawsuitFiled under Employment Law
Being pregnant should be grounds for celebration, not punishment. That was certainly the conclusion of a Los Angeles, California jury that recently awarded former “Price is Right” model Brandi Cochran $7.7 million based upon her pregnancy discrimination claim. Cochran sued the Price is Right for not letting her return to work after she gave birth.
In addition to the $7.7 million punitive damages award, the jury also awarded Cochran $775,000 in compensatory damages. Addressing the media, Cochran stated: “I hope my case will help other women in the same situation.” A former Miss USA, Cochran worked as a model on Price is Right from 2002 until January 2009. Following the birth of her daughter, Cochran attempted to return to work but was turned down in February 2010.
Commenting on this case, Paul Padda Law, PLLC partner Ruth Cohen stated: “No woman should have to choose between her career and her family.” Cohen further added, “as the jury in Los Angeles demonstrated, when an employer puts a woman in that position, it’s going to come with a price.”
Employment discrimination against women on the basis of pregnancy is unlawful. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is a federal law passed by the United States Congress in 1978 that amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to “prohibit discrimination on the basis of pregnancy.” With this powerful federal law on their side, women do not have to endure discrimination by being forced to choose between their job or their family. According to Cohen, the solution is “don’t get mad, get legal!“